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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent push to engineer Japan’s first revision to the pacifist Constitution continued to cause ripples in the political community on Thursday, with even senior members of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party raising questions.

“I don’t think the Constitution can be revised when only poor discussions are taking place. No way should a constitutional amendment be driven by impulse,” former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba, who is seen as a potential successor to Abe as LDP leader, said at a meeting of a group of lawmakers he leads.

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